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January 19, 2014 | By Luke Glowacki
Do genes make us do it? The idea that human behavior is driven by genes makes many people uncomfortable, and nowhere is the dispute more bitter than when discussing the biological underpinnings of violence. The war of ideas over violence and human nature has raged since the 1600s, when philosopher Thomas Hobbes first speculated that the "natural condition of mankind" was one of violence and conflict. In the 1700s, Jean-Jacques Rousseau saw things differently. Enthralled with accounts of the New World, he argued that civilization, not nature, shaped the human propensity for violence.
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
JACKSON, Wyo. - Just a few years after Thomas Ralston moved to town, a chimney fire burned down his home. Last month, he was driving when a 3,000-pound boulder fell from a mountain onto the roof of his brand-new truck. So when a police officer visited his condo a few weeks ago to tell him he had an hour to evacuate because a landslide was threatening the building, he responded the only way he could. He sort of laughed. "What are you going to do?" he said to himself and shrugged.
February 28, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In today's creative scene, where art, fashion and design converge, Santa Monica fragrance designer Haley Alexander van Oosten is adding scent to the cultural mix. Collaborating with everyone from style maven/photographer Lisa Eisner and designer and artist David Wiseman to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Maxfield and Commune design, Van Oosten is making a name for herself by challenging traditional notions of fragrance. "I find commercial perfumery to be a very limited medium," says Van Oosten, whose company name, L'Oeil du Vert, means "eye of the green.
April 24, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Soaring flames kept a major natural gas plant in southwestern Wyoming closed on Thursday, affecting fuel supplies across the West. The fire followed an explosion Wednesday afternoon at one of the five natural-gas processing units at a Williams Cos. plant near Opal, Wyo. About 40 workers immediately left the plant, shutting off incoming and outgoing pipes on the way out. No one was injured. The entire 88-acre town of Opal was evacuated Wednesday and some 60 residents who spent the night in hotels were allowed back into their homes at about noon Thursday, Opal Mayor Mary Hall told the Los Angeles Times.  Authorities used air monitoring equipment to see whether methane levels were low enough for the town to be safe, Williams spokesman George Angerbauer told The Times.
June 20, 2010 | By Liesl Bradner
In the mid nineties when natural photographer William Neill took a trip to Banff National Park in Alberta Canada, a well-known shot he took of the shimmering turquoise water of Lake Louise was nearly forgotten. Although serene and simple in composition, "Dawn Lake Louise," packs a lot of emotional impact with people and has become Neill's bestselling photo. "This photo snuck by my memory until I processed it. It was simple and minimalist," said the 56 year old Neill, "the grand glaciers and peaks never showed up at sunrise when I was shooting".
August 13, 2012 | By Leah Ollman
One day in 1941, Harry Callahan had a conversion moment when he was out photographing weeds in snow. In the few years that he had been making pictures up until then, he had focused on tone and texture, but that day the light was soft and without shadow, and what appeared on the ground glass of his view camera were calligraphic lines against an unarticulated field. "Nature Abstracted," at Marc Selwyn, gives a fine sampling of the exquisite landscape imagery Callahan made after that day, which (as he later recalled)
December 4, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Before Diarra Kilpatrick was cast in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson," at age 12, she already knew what she wanted to do with her life: anything but acting. So when her hometown Detroit newspaper interviewed her about the production at a suburban theater, Kilpatrick told the reporter she wanted to be a lawyer or maybe the president of a public relations firm. But definitely not "a struggling actor," she said. Recounting that anecdote recently at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, where she's playing the lead role in Tarell Alvin McCraney's mytho-poetic drama "In the Red and Brown Water," Kilpatrick laughed at the memory of her precocious pre-adolescent self.
January 20, 2012 | Christopher Cokinos, Christopher Cokinos is the author of "The Fallen Sky." He teaches at the University of Arizona, where he is an English professor affiliated with the Institute of the Environment
Here's a cosmic truism: The end of the Earth is just another item on the universe's to-do list. The poet Robinson Jeffers understood this reality. That such a perspective need not be bleak is something he spent decades telling readers. Until his death on Jan. 20, 1962 -- 50 years ago -- Jeffers celebrated the "transhuman magnificence" of nature, the beautiful things both vast and near that can provide even a 21st century reader with solace, even if we are often a muddled, ugly species and even if all things, as they do, fade away.
September 19, 2002
The destruction of a 100-year-old eucalyptus tree by architect Frank Gehry's crew and his support of the Playa Vista project are of a piece (Sept. 12). In their thoughtless pursuit of the bottom line, both Gehry and Playa Vista are annihilators of an aesthetic they will never surpass, the architecture of nature. Bill Dyer Venice
August 28, 2002
The Nature Conservancy is walking a tightrope with its current practice of supporting "working landscapes" ("Wildlife Shares Nest With Profit," Aug. 20). Its dilemma would be greatly diminished if Americans could curb their grotesque appetites for beef, resource-guzzling machines and unchecked development. And a little recycling would be helpful. Angela Rubio Orange
April 23, 2014 | By Carren Jao
After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn't help but take nature into consideration in her work. "It was all around me," Osborne says. So too were pioneers whose ideas would ripple down the history of green architecture. Will Shaw, one of the founders, with Ansel Adams, of Foundation for Environmental Design, was her stepfather. Lawrence Halprin, a revered elder of landscape architecture, and George Brook-Kothlow, architect of handmade houses, were friends of the family.
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage links and Ball Park franks, said Monday it will pay $165 million to buy Van's Natural Foods from Catterton Partners, a private equity firm. The deal will add a line of healthful, frozen breakfast and snack foods to Hillshire's existing brands, which also includes Sara Lee foods. The addition is expected to generate net revenue of $60 million in 2014, the company said in a statement. Van's Natural Foods, based in Phoenix, makes gluten-free pancakes and whole-grain waffles.
April 15, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- After a grueling 48-hour drive from Montana, the capital's latest transplant -- a 38-foot long, 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton -- got to rest its bones Tuesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian's newest acquisition is one of the largest and most complete specimens in the world, and it will be the museum's first real T. rex skeleton on display. “What could be more fabulous than welcoming a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington D.C.?
April 15, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Arrow Oliver, Canary, Diggle and Felicity (Stephen Amell, Caity Lotz, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards) confront Slade (Manu Bennett) at the lair, and the resulting battle sends one member of Team Arrow to the hospital. 8 p.m. KTLA American Idol The finalists perform songs selected by their competitors in this new episode.
April 9, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Interior designer David Bromstad is known for including his own original paintings in the interiors he designs on his HGTV program "Color Splash. " And now Bromstad's fans can incorporate his artwork into their wardrobes, thanks to his partnership with Naturalizer . Bromstad created a painting for Naturalizer and worked with the accessory company to tun it into floral prints used on spring and summer shoes and bags. Bromstad is based in Miami so it's only fitting that the collection has a sunny and vacation-y vibe.
April 4, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 6 - 12, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Yee-haw! Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan host "The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" in Las Vegas. 8 p.m. CBS Amen! Taraji P. Henson hosts "Celebration of Gospel 2014" at Downtown L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre. 8 p.m. BET Let the patriot games begin in the new Revolutionary War-era espionage drama "Turn.
December 12, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan
Go take a hike - it's good for your brain. So says a new study that supports something called Attention Restoration Theory , which holds that exposure to nature can replenish our cognitive reserves when they are worn out by overuse. And if you live a modern urban or suburban life, your cognitive reserves are surely depleted: A typical teenager spends more than 7.5 hours per day juggling a computer, cellphone, TV and other media, and the number is surely higher for a typical adult, according to the study: “Our modern society is filled with sudden events (sirens, horns, ringing phones, alarms, televisions, etc.)
February 25, 1986
When I see the hills of sliding mud undermining the foundations of giant condos on Pacific Coast Highway and the 12-foot waves relentlessly pounding the beach, churning up the abandoned beer cans, hamburger wrappers and plastic cups, I wonder if nature isn't fighting the pollution with which we are destroying the world around us. I can't help but think that nature is going to win out and the Earth will survive long after we're gone. New forests will emerge where edifices like the new 300-room hotel in Malibu--the one that will not have sewage facilities or access way other than the already burdened Pacific Coast Highway--have crumbled and surrendered to the sea. EDNA McHUGH Malibu
April 3, 2014 | Martin Tsai
Imax 3-D documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" shines a spotlight on one of the earliest primates that coexisted with dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Although extinct in their native Africa, hundreds of lemur species have adopted Madagascar as home. But these wandering spirits are hardly thriving, as 90% of the forest has been torched since humans set foot on the island some two millennia ago. The film highlights the few species taking refuge in the Ranomafana National Park and the preservation efforts shepherded by Patricia C. Wright, anthropology professor at Stony Brook University in New York.
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